- any of several large marine food fishes of the family Lutjanidae.
- any of various other fishes, as the bluefish, Pomatomus saltatrix.
- snapping turtle.
- Informal. a person in charge of a group of workers.
- a tuft or knot of cotton, horsehair, hemp, etc., at the tip of a whip's lash; cracker; popper.
Origin of snapper
Examples from the Web for snapper
We meet our snapper first as a whippersnapper—shot by who knows?How Horst Captured Dietrich, Rita Hayworth, and Vivien Leigh—and Changed Fashion Photography
September 8, 2014
Samples claimed to be tuna and snapper had the highest fail rates, at 59 percent and 87 percent, respectively.The Great Sushi Scam
April 4, 2013
Spoon the melted butter over the herbs and serve the snapper directly from the skillet.Dinner Under the Midnight Sun
June 26, 2010
I like it equally with line-caught fish like salmon, snapper, and tuna.8 Recipes From Norman Van Aken
January 26, 2010
Let them be sprightly, and, if possible, have a snapper at the end.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
A side of fresh beef to-morrow and three dozen snapper on ice.Soldiers Three, Part II.
Snapper and Klick are continually worrying me to have Baby taken.
I continued, startling his sensibilities again with the noise of the snapper.Down The River
Flibbertigibbet was the snapper for a line of twenty or more girls.Flamsted quarries
Mary E. Waller
- any large sharp-toothed percoid food fish of the family Lutjanidae of warm and tropical coastal regionsSee also red snapper
- a sparid food fish, Chrysophrys auratus, of Australia and New Zealand, that has a pinkish body covered with blue spots
- another name for bluefish, snapping turtle
- a person or thing that snaps
- informal a person who takes snapshots; photographer
- Irish informal a baby
Word Origin and History for snapper
"one who or that which snaps," 1570s, agent noun from snap (v.). Applied to various fishes since 1690s. Slang meaning "vagina" is by 2000. As a short form of snapping turtle (1784) it is recorded from 1872. Snappers "teeth" is attested from 1924.